For many, COVID-19 sparks desire to start a venture

PRODUCT OF THE PANDEMIC: Megan McCutcheon displays some of the items she produces for Newport Needlepoint LLC, a company she started when the state went into a lockdown last spring at the height of the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
PRODUCT OF THE PANDEMIC: Megan McCutcheon displays some of the items she produces for Newport Needlepoint LLC, a company she started when the state went into a lockdown last spring at the height of the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
After Michelle Politano was laid off when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last year, she made the decision to pursue her lifelong dream of opening a food business. “I’m not a risk-taker, but life is short,” said Politano, who added that the loss of her job in the travel industry led to some introspection about her…

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